Do you know you can gain access to more channels on DStv than the ones you normally get without having to pay more? There are lots of hidden free to air channels on every is20 satellite dish installation. Here’s how you can get yours.
Recently on Facebook, I stumbled on an article that opened my eyes to hidden uses of DStv I never knew existed.
That’s how I met Mredjo IDyan. He’s an installations expert from Cape Town who loves helping subscribers with dish and installation issues. He shares a lot of his work on his Facebook group and has contributed a lot to help me make this article for you.
If you are a sports fan, don’t forget to read the article on free to air sports channels.
So let’s get into it. But what do you need for the activation? You’ll need a working remote control, a dstv dish using is20 satellite settings, and a DStv decoder, preferably HD. Decoders such as Explora 4us and 4s.5u.6s.
If you are not using the IS20 satellite, see the setup guide for Eutelsat 36B satellite users.
I’m assuming you have these already so let’s get going.
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On your Remote Control just go to Menu by pressing the Blue button.
Then select Settings and go to Satellite Settings.
On satellite settings, there is Home Network and Additional Network. Now select Additional network.
On Additional Network, you will find Networks numbered from 1 to 5.
Here’s where you’ll need to pay proper attention. Do not change any frequencies on Network #1. Simply put “YES” where there is “NO.” These are the operating frequencies for your decoder so do not alter them. We’ll start making changes from Network 2 to Network 5.
- Making changes on NETWORK 2 for Commec IS20, KLN, Limpopo TV, 1kzn TV & Others. On Network 2, apply the following changes.
|FREQUENCY||11514 or 11170|
|POLARISATION||Vertical OR Horizontal|
Then apply Scan this (Scan all✖).
- Making Changes to NETWORK 3 for Ifilm, Loveworld, Press News, Talent Sport, Hossana tv and many more:
Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)
- Make the following changes to NETWORK 4 for Limpopo TV, Christ TV, Angel TV, Mercy TV, prophet Shepard Bushiri, Eagle TV, and more.
|SYMBOL||27500 Or 30000|
Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖).
- Apply these to NETWORK 5 for Khudunga, Access TV, BTV Test channel, France 24, NOW, BTV Digital, and BTV mobile
|FREQUENCY||12633 or 12657 for sound|
|SYMBOL RATE||16166 or 4883 for sound|
Then Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)
New free channels have been added to Network 2/5. Apply the following setting to get them.
Once you are done, be sure to change from “My DStv Channels” to “All Channels” then press 100 and scroll left you will see all the channels that are coming before channel 100. The added channels will have four digits as shown in the image below.
If it won’t scan automatically and it’s showing you that your parameters are incorrect, it means one of two things: either your signal strength is low or your LNB is not properly positioned.
If that’s the case, you’ll need to find an accredited dish installer at your location to assist you. Also, please understand that the frequencies above are the same for is20 free to air frequencies 2022/2023.
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List of Free Channels on DStv
Irrespective of the package you are using on DStv, every subscriber is entitled to about 13 free channels on the default setup. A selection of the channels includes:
|9.)||Cape Town TV||263|
|13.)||TV Mozambique Internacional||701|
If you need help, drop a comment below. But if you are in Cape Town, you can always hook up with Mredjo IDyan on Facebook and he’ll help you sort things out.